A training package is a set of nationally endorsed qualifications and standards.
Training packages are developed closely with industry and provide a framework to recognise and assess the skills and knowledge people need to perform effectively in the workplace.
Training packages underpin many vocational education training (VET) programs, guiding the delivery and assessment of structured and accredited training.
Training package standards
Training packages are developed to an agreed quality standard and are responsive to industries' existing and future skills needs.
To read the Standards for Training Packages, visit the Department of Education and Training.
Training product development for Australian industry
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approves training packages for implementation.
Training package development and endorsement refers to the entire process starting from identifying a training need through to AISC endorsement of the training package.
To read the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy, visit the Department of Education and Training.
Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to develop and review training packages. IRCs are made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their industry sector to ensure that training packages meet the needs of employers.
To find out about SSOs and their respective IRCs and training packages, visit Skills Service Organisations.
South Australian State Training Authority (SA STA)
Each Australian state and territory government has a State Training Authority (STA) that administers VET.
One of the key responsibilities of the STA is to engage with stakeholders throughout the training package review and development process.
Employers, training providers and industry representatives can make comment and raise issues and opportunities at three stages: the case for change, drafting of the unit and validation of the unit of competency.
Implementation Guides support trainers to implement training packages and provide information on the various components and requirements of a training package, including:
- registration processes for training organisations
- how to correlate information from earlier versions of the training package with the latest endorsed qualifications
- sample training programs
- contacts and resources.
To read companion volumes to support implementation of training packages, visit VETNet.
South Australia uses the Victorian Purchasing Guides for the nominal hours allocated to a training package.
For more information, visit the Victorian Department of Education and Training.